DEVELOPING A ZONING DESIGN FOR CONSERVATION, FISHERIES, AND BLUE ECONOMY IN SEYCHELLES.
The Seychelles is a rich, tropical marine ecosystem situated in the Western Indian Ocean. Encompassing 1.37 million square kilometres and 115 islands, Seychelles is a recognised global biodiversity hotspot and contains two UNESCO sites. Biodiversity is one of Seychelles' most important assets and drives the country's Blue Economy. Seychelles has a goal of 30 percent of their Exclusive Economic Zone for conservation and the Seychelles Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Initiative is focused on developing a coarse-scale, multi-objective zoning design and management considerations for conservation, fisheries, and other uses. The Initiative runs from 2014-2020 and has significant input from stakeholders. To develop a draft zoning design we are using data from multiple sources including academia, government, industry and participatory mapping. Commercial catch data were compiled from the industrial tuna fishery (2003-2012) and semi-industrial and artisanal fisheries (2008-2013). We used Marxan to analyse multi-year datasets from the Vessel Monitoring System, excluding high piracy years, and spatially depict high-medium-low use areas for local fisheries. Using more than 100 conservation features, Marxan irreplaceability values developed by the UNDP-GEF-PCU were used to propose biodiversity zones and check biodiversity representation targets. The zoning design methodology considers ecological design principles for MPAs, coral reef fisheries and designing marine managed areas, policy and management, and design principles to maximise compliance, monitoring and enforcement.
Smith, J. L., TNC Canada, Canada, email@example.com
Tingey, R., Spatial Support Systems, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dogley, D., Government of Seychelles, Seychelles, email@example.com
Brown, M., The Nature Conservancy, United Repbulic of Tanzania, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sims, H., The Nature Conservancy, Seychelles, email@example.com
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